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DB2 is an extremely efficient and scalable relational database, capable of processing thousands of transactions per second through a single DB2 subsystem. By taking advantage of data sharing groups, DB2 can scale, almost linearly, across multiple logical partitions (LPARs), enabling applications to exploit the parallelism inherent in a z/OS sysplex. This allows DB2 applications like those designed to run in CICS MRO or a WebSphere Application Server horizontal cluster to realize a significant increase in throughput due to their ability to load balance across multiple LPARs. But what about batch applications? Is it possible for them to exploit the parallelism in a z/OS sysplex and see an increase in throughput as well?…

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Business Intelligence guru, analyst and author, Wayne Eckerson, and I had great times when we worked together at The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI). He’s a great writer and I particularly enjoyed the first chapter of his most recent book, Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders, where he talks about the concept of “purple people.” But before I explain that, read this concept from his book…

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IBM announced a partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to deliver a first-of-a-kind executive education program for Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Customer Officers (CCOs). The two-week course, titled “The CMO Advantage: Evolving Beyond the Digital Revolution,” will explore the increasing importance of the CMO in the C-Suite. The intersection of marketing and technology in today’s marketplace presents a unique opportunity for senior business leaders, such as the CMO, to drive innovation, enhance influence and deepen customer engagement…

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Brocade announced the appointment of Allen Olivo as vice president of Global Brand and Communications. In this role Olivo is responsible for the development of brand strategies that will further evolve Brocade's leadership position in the networking marketplace as the New IP becomes the new normal for networks. He will be based in the company's San Jose headquarters and report to Christine Heckart, chief marketing officer…

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EMC Corporation will host customers, partners, and employees in offices around the world today (10/7) as part of the second annual CX Day, a global event recognizing the customer experience established by the Customer Experience Professionals Association, a non-profit group, and celebrated by thousands of companies worldwide. EMC’s Total Customer Experience (TCE) Day will include recognition events featuring guest speakers, executive panels, and customer presentations, providing an opportunity for EMC employees and executives to thank customers for their trust and commitment in EMC…

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z/OS provides more measurement data than any other operating system, which is one of the great strengths of this platform over others. These measurements allow you to tune the system, debug problems, chargeback for resources, provide management reports to show resource usage and help a capacity planner adequately forecast the future needs. The majority of this wonderful information is written to a data repository by the System Management Facilities (SMF) component. This component is used as a common receptacle of data from other components of z/OS, such as CICS and DB2…

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Building on client demand to integrate real-time analytics with consumer transactions, IBM announced new capabilities for its System z mainframe. The integration of analytics with transactional data can provide businesses with real-time, actionable insights on commercial transactions as they occur to take advantage of new opportunities to increase sales and help minimize loss through fraud prevention…

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